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Mullet magic at Macksville

April 20th, 2021

It was a standout grand final of the North Coast Football 2020 season – and arguably one of most thrilling contests of all time.
That’s a big and deserved wrap for the Unders 14s Coffs Coast decider, where Macksville triumphed 5-4 in the penalty shootout after the scores were locked at 1-all with Woolgoolga at the end of regular and extra time.
Woopi were the red hot favourites for the title – rampaging through the season with just the one loss, to Boambee.
Macksville were in the mix of the play-offs – and something special was brewing after they bested Coffs United in a semi, and then swept past Boambee.
“After we got past Boambee I told the team there’s no reason we can’t beat Woopi,” coach Justin Murphy recalled.
Before the grand final the shenanigans were building.
Macksville Stinger Hunter Ford brought some hair clippers to training, and offered to shape mullets for anyone prepared to step up.
Boys being boys, the team required little encouragement.
Coach Justin rose to the challenge too – “I said if we made the final I’d do it to show I was all-in with the team”.
While the mullets are now all but gone, the champion squad is basically intact for 2021, and primed for a run at the 2021 race.
Image: Hunter Ford takes the clippers to the team’s unofficial assistant coach Paul Rogers after the grand final win.

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